(Also Known As: Atism Treatments, Autistic Treatments, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Treatments, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Treatments)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
What Kinds of Autism Treatments are Available?
In extreme cases, where it is necessary in aiding other forms of intervention and when it is advised by a medical professional, drug treatments can alleviate symptoms such as over activity, repetitive behaviors, sleep disturbances, etc. However, they will not alter or eliminate the autism.
In order to help the person with autism to grow into a more self-sufficient, socially adept individual, it is advised that they receive combined psychosocial therapy or interventions in the form of behavioral training and structured educational services. They are designed to reduce inappropriate social behaviors, reduce anxiety, and teach the person to speak to and engage in social exchanges with others. These interventions are usually given or are available in special schools, whose faculty are trained and are qualified to help children with autism. It is necessary to assess the particular abilities and deficits of each child, in order to come up with an effective and individualized program.
A study on autism showed that children given the intensive behavioral treatment (for at least two years and at least 40 hours a week) achieved normal intellectual and educational functioning by age seven (7). Other studies also showed significant improvements when children with autism were treated with comprehensive behavioral therapy administered by both parents and educators.
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